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Agar Grove

We are building services engineers

Increasingly, it’s an industry referred to as environmental engineering, and we’re very comfortable with that. Where once the engineer’s lot was ‘pipes and wires’, now it encompasses everything from daylighting and acoustics to building physics and sustainability. In essence, everything that impacts on the internal environment of a building and its performance.

Our approach differs from that of conventional environmental building services engineers. Each member of our team is trained in electrical and mechanical engineering, environmental design and building physics. This training takes place in-house, creating an integrated understanding that considers the whole building. We deliver buildings that work, with a focus on detail and finish, to ensure our engineering serves the architecture. It's the way Max trained his team and it's an approach that has endured.

For over 50 years we’ve been pioneers in sustainable, low energy and low carbon building design. At the heart of our partnership is a desire to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergency our world is facing. We have created the Net Zero Carbon Guide, a free and open resource, to help the industry navigate the process of achieving net zero carbon for both old and new buildings. You can read more at netzerocarbonguide.co.uk.


Core Team

Andrew Leiper

Andrew Leiper

Net Zero Carbon Leader

Successful delivery of a project is roughly one third engineering, one third organisational and one third communication skills.

Collaborative working is a part of the process and one that I enjoy as initial concepts develop into the detailed design and installation of mechanical and electrical services. I design efficient integrated building services which, although more or less invisible to the eye, affect how the space feels and make buildings come alive.

If a certain amount of warmth and light is provided passively by the building, my engineering complements and enhances what's there to ensure the environment is comfortable. 

Henry Pelly

Henry Pelly

Senior Sustainability Consultant

There’s something satisfying about being in a well-conditioned space, where the temperature is just right, the air is fresh, the light-level appropriate.

My background is in psychology, environmental design and architecture and I think this is a potent combination for making better buildings. Design can influence human behaviour, but the complexity and reality of human behaviour should also influence design.

I advise design teams on how they can apply sustainability concepts and methodologies to produce better buildings; buildings that work. BREEAM is one of the useful tools that can help meet this end. When approached in the right spirit as a holistic and robust standard rather than another form of compliance, it provides an excellent framework to ensure that the details that deliver better building survive to the end of the construction process.

Katie Clemence-Jackson

Katie Clemence-Jackson

Senior Engineer

I like to think of services engineering as bringing a building to life. I start with an empty shell and turn it into a living, breathing place where people feel comfortable.

I create designs that go beyond their intrinsic functions, considering how each system will be installed, maintained, tested and understood by the end users.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is building relationships with design team and clients so that I can help turn their abstract ideas into an elegant design. Once I have understood their vision, motivation and goals I can design the engineering services to support and enhance this vision in a way that is implicitly understood by the end users.

David Lindsey

David Lindsey

London Office Leader

Successful projects start by talking open-mindedly with the design team to find the most appropriate engineering solutions that answer the brief. It’s important to resist the tendency to over-complicate the design, so we don’t hinder a robust delivery and operation.

While my experience has covered all sectors, I have particular specialism in cultural buildings and the health sector. Having established the client’s clear aims, my role is to provide strong leadership and support throughout the whole engineering process; from procurement to delivery, testing then handover, right through to post occupancy support.

I’m well-placed to provide this whole project support thanks to over 25 years’ experience designing, delivering and monitoring a range of projects, working with numerous clients, project managers, architects and contractors.

Hareth Pochee

Hareth Pochee

Principal Engineer

I am a Physicist as well as an engineer, with a passion for design.  

This combination of skills allows me to really understand how buildings work. Sustainable and low-energy design inspires me and I have a great deal of expertise in public access, education and community buildings in particular.

I have been lead engineer for several projects with exemplar sustainable credentials including Brockholes and Rainham Visitors Centres.  On both these projects my role extended far beyond a traditional engineering role. It included advice on low environmental impact materials, low carbon catering, sustainable transport, waste management and post occupancy evaluation of energy and water use.   

Along with my project work, I’m also a senior member of the MAX:R+I team, a group within the Practice dedicated to research and innovation. There’s a great deal of satisfaction to be had exploring new ideas and developing creative ways to solve particular challenges. I think I have a flair for creating and delivering high performance results that are low-tech, low maintenance and really take into account the building users’ experience.

I am also a member of the Practice’s Developing Countries group that performs pro-bono work across Africa, Europe and Asia to make a difference in the lives of others.

Agar Grove

Agar Grove

355 Passivhaus homes for London Borough of Camden.

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Max Fordham's House

Max Fordham House

This multi-award winning three-bedroom Passivhaus home is an exemplar of collaboration, innovation and solution focused design.

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Lambeth Palace Library and Archive

Lambeth Palace

New library and archive for historic documents.

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Maggie's Centre Leeds

Maggie's Centre Leeds

Therapeutic building with integral contemplative gardens.

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Nightingale Primary School

Nightingale Primary School

BREEAM Outstanding urban primary school.

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Nevill Holt Opera

Nevill Holt Opera

Stirling Prize shortlisted Laboratory and Technology facilities.

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Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks School

Exemplary Laboratory and Technology facilities.

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Stirling Engine Shed

Stirling Engine Shed

Reanimating a rail building with ground source cooling.

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What people are saying about FOOTPRINT+

What people are saying about FOOTPRINT+

  • FOOTPRINT+ is the place to showcase how we can build sustainable developments and reduce the carbon footprint of building projects. In tackling the climate crisis, these are the conversations we need to be having.
    Peter Kyle
    MP for Hove, Shadow Minister for Justice
  • Despite the global impact of COVID-19 the UK property industry is resilient. FOOTPRINT will provide a forum for everyone to create a deliverable agenda for sustainable growth in the UK property market.
    Francis Hilton
    Pelican Developments
  • The construction sector has a huge role to play in enabling Local Authorities to meet ambitious carbon zero targets. I believe that FOOTPRINT will be the event that supports the creative discussions and working relationships required to achieve Zero Carbon living.
    Duncan Baker-Brown
    Architect, Lecturer at University of Brighton & Campaigner for Circular Economy
  • At last an event that addresses the key issues facing design, construction and development in the UK. The rich mix of consultants, clients, stakeholders and government together with the great location will make Footprint a huge success.
    Paul Monaghan Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects
    Liverpool City Region Design Champion and founding member of Architects Declare
  • The idea of the jobs fair on the last day is brilliant. It's exactly what school and university leavers need, and as a CDO, I realise that finding high calibre candidates to work for your organisation is a hugely time absorbing process.
    Adam Brockley
    Founder of Scape Student Living
  • As we move to create the ‘new normal’ post Covid, we have an unprecedented opportunity to re-write the rules around our environmental impact on the planet, this conference does exactly that.
    Gavin Stewart
    Executive Director Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership
  • FOOTPRINT is a hugely exciting opportunity to address the climate emergency which we all face as global citizens.
    James Blakey
    Planning Director Moda Living
  • FOOTPRINT+ has been set up to answer a need in the property market. We have all traipsed off to the South of France previously to meet up and discuss property issues. This is no longer a responsible action given the carbon footprint of getting there. Combined with the exit of Britain from the EU, we, in the UK market need to meet and discuss our national and international concerns. FOOTPRINT+ is set up to permit us to do this in an accessible, affordable and responsible way
    William Edgerley
    Director Edge Ahead Limited
  • The climate emergency is the biggest challenge humanity is facing. At WSP we are proud to be the catalysts of change in our industry. Now, we all need to come together to re-invent the way we design, the way we build and the way live. Footprint+ will help us do this
    Diego Padilla Philipps
    Net Zero Lead Structures, WSP
  • The MIPIM of Sustainability
    Will Arnold
    Head of Climate Action, The Institution of Structural Engineers